The big plan has been shot down.
Taking over the MPA and then leasing out the assets was the way Tomasito and friends would save the city from bankruptcy.
Getting the voters to approve it would be easy. Go on Cuban radio, blame the MPA for spending too much money. Accuse the MPA director of "Living la Vida Loca..."
Tomasito's relentless campaigning could not convince voters to give him control of the MPA.
So now what?
This is a major defeat for Tomasito in several ways, the worst of which is that now he and Manager Migoya have to figure out a way to keep the city from going bankrupt.
The other defeat is a tarnish to his power and image, for the first time, Tomasito could not get voters to go along with him.
This is in addition to his and Raquelita's support for failed gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink will send a message to the city commissioners (Carollo and Suarez especially) that Tomasito's air of invincibility is not what it seems.
Tomasito's blood is in the water, and the commission sharks will soon begin to circle around him.
The Herald ran a story about Sarnoff beating his ethics complaint, but no story yet on the failed MPA takeover. Maybe Chuck was too busy to write a story that matters.
Also, former Mayor Manny Diaz who was the state chairman for Fair Districts got a big win last night with the passage of Amendments 5 and 6.